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RATINGS: 3941   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

The Old Rasputin brand image is a drawing of Rasputin with a phrase in Russian encircling it—A sincere friend is not born instantly.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Best Imperial Ive had. Pours an almost opaque black, with a slight head that dissappears quickly. Typical smoky malt and chocolate aroma. Very pleasing. Nice thick body with roasted chocolate dominating. Aftertaste is somewhat a bitter espresso but pleasing. I could sip on this all day long., and Im not the biggest fan of stouts. Try it out.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Not overly impressive. Somewhat of an off, wet-cardboard aroma with a bit of coffee. The coffee is repeated in the flavor--which is the predominant characteristic. Medium mouth-feel with a nice head, and an array of roasted flavors. Not a bad beer, but just seems a little sloppily put together. Not a really stong hops structure to hold together the other robust flavors. A fine beer but doesn’t stand a chance next to its main competitors.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zeswaft (1482) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2005
I wanted to try this for the longest time and finally got the chance. Pours beautifully from the tap. Looks a great deal like Guinness. Medium sized off-white head that was very dense. Black as death and not a powerful nose. Some chocolate notes. Flavor is sweet with roasted chocolate notes. Very smooth and lightly carbonated. Surprisingly not as full bodied as I expected. Alcohol was unnoticeable. This is the best Imperial stout I’ve ever had and probably the best beer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Noire très foncée et presque opaque aux reflets rougeâtres à l’extrême du spectre. Mousse mi-abondante adhérant pleinement à la paroi du verre. Fudge, chocolat noir, tabac, huile et goudron entrecoupé de grosses pointes de houblon très vert, nous indiquant déjà, à même l’arôme, son potentiel d’amertume tranchante. Cacao fraîchement râpé et chocolat noir amer nous conduisent hâtivement aux grains de café pour brutalement nous abandonner au malt rôti extrême et à l’alcool. L’amertume en finale est d’une intensité bouleversante et ne semble que s’amplifier au coté de l’acidité du malt rôti. Sans doute complexe et procurant un étalement sensationnel tout en semblant trop jeune par l’agressivité des houblons. Corps de densité moyenne, douce effervescence saturée de fines bulles. Légèrement hors proportionner pour l’instant.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quyntarious (33) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Smokey aroma, coffee, chocolate, Completely black and very thick out of the bottle. Lasting medium sized tan head. Wow, nice bite to it, I like the dark bitter taste. Light pallet, quite smooth, dry at the end, i will pick this up again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14488) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Malty, slightly roasted aroma with a hint of chocolate. Black colour, small brown head. Good, thick body. Very chocolaty flavour with a slight bitterness. Long, bitter aftertaste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6293) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (12oz). At this relatively early stage of my RateBeer career, I have not rated very many imperial stouts - maybe 10 - but this is hands-down the best I’ve had to date. Very dark, very strong, pours almost like motor oil. VERY bitter, but it works (and I’m no hop-head). Only 17/20 because I know there are better out there. I have one left and am saving it for a special occasion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
osmg95 (44) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2005
I’m not the biggest fan of Imp. Stouts but this is certainly a well made beer. Very intense smokey coffee flavor, noticable hops, and aftertaste is espresso. The bitterness is a bit too much for my liking but I would definately drink this beer again. (I better, I have 3 left)

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
morehops (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
So far, this is the best stout I’ve tried. Super, super smooth. Chocolate accents and very well balanced. Had no idea it was 9%

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2005
There are so many different ways to taste this complex brew I don’t know where to start. It had a darkish-red pour like motor oil but not as dark as the Dark Lord. The aroma was one of slightly sweet spices and the taste was a bit bourbonesque with bitter notes wrapped in between. There was a sweetness in the finish. This is one of those beers I drink slowly to appreciate all of the points and its heaviness doesn’t make it the most drinkable beer. Its definately one of the most interesting beers out there.


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